Wednesday July 1st 2020

The Hendry County Sheriff’s responded to a field in the eastern portion of Hendry County on June 30th after receiving reports of skeletal remains being discovered. Eyewitnesses say the location was just south of the cemetery in Clewiston. Apparently, a worker had been digging in the soil, when he discovered what appeared to be a human skull. Hendry County Investigators along with Florida Department of Law Enforcement will begin excavation work on today to confirm the remains are human and begin a thorough search of the area for evidence.

Another tragic discovery in Hendry County involves the death of an 11-year-old girl. Investigators with HCSO say the girl was found deceased in her home early yesterday morning. Hendry County Sheriff’s Office Major Crime’s Unit is following up on information they discovered during a search warrant. Investigators are awaiting the results of toxicology reports and findings from the Medical Examiner to confirm the cause of death. WAFC will bring you more details on each of these cases, as information becomes available.

PGA Tour stop out of Palm Beach Gardens is continuing to do so much good in our community. Recently, they granted over 205-thousand dollars to The Glades Initiative’s food program who’ve been providing food to people since the Coronavirus hit. The grant was awarded to The Glades Initiative, helping the organization to manage its growing needs, including a food program that includes operating a food bank. They typically provide food to an average of 5,000 people a month to members of the community, but those needs have expanded to four times as much because of the pandemic.

According to a news source, Coronavirus had infected 174 youth and employees at 30 Florida juvenile detention centers and juvenile prisons through Friday, with three facilities in Palm Beach and Okeechobee counties accounting for more than half the cases. Those numbers come from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, which holds youths up to age 21 in detention centers and prisons. The Sentencing Project, a national criminal-justice reform policy and research organization, has cited Florida as having the second-most cases of COVID-19 among juveniles and staff at juvenile facilities in the nation, following Tennessee. It has reported no fatalities. Representatives say that “each facility, as part of their pandemic plan, has procedures in place on how to handle isolating and providing medical treatment to youth.” Joshua Rovner, senior advocacy associate with The Sentencing Project, found Florida’s coronavirus caseload among incarcerated juveniles alarming.

Helms Road Extension in Hendry County opened yesterday according to Emily Hunter, PIO for the County. Motorists are to use caution as Helms Road Extension is still under construction at the intersections of SR29 and SR80.  Workers will be present for the next few weeks finalizing construction of the signalized intersections. Traffic signals at the intersection will remain in flash mode until activation of the traffic signals.  Motorists are to use caution when traveling through these intersections. Residents with questions or concerns can contact the Hendry County Engineering Department at 863-675-5222.

Pahokee City Manager Chandler Williamson narrowly held onto his job Tuesday night after a harsh critique from city commissioners about his improper use of a city-issued credit card for personal expenses. A motion by Commissioner Regina Bohlen to fire Williamson failed by a 3-2 vote; Mayor Keith Babb cast the other vote to terminate. The other three commissioners wanted to hold off on a firing vote until the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office determines if crimes occurred and the county and state ethics commissions determine any ethical violations, decisions that likely are months away.